By Jamie J. Gooch
Ten years in the technology world is a lifetime. In 2002 there was no Facebook, no iPad and neither Intel nor AMD had announced dual-core processors. Who can predict what will happen by 2022? So when a major global manufacturer commits to a technology for the next decade, it speaks volumes about its confidence in the technology’s ability to evolve to meet its future needs.
Today, Siemens PLM Software announced that Boeing has signed a new 10-year agreement to extend the use of NX and Teamcenter software at both Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Defense Space and Security.
|Boeing’s decision to extend its use of Siemens PLM Software will support a number of projets on the military side, such as the F18 pictured here. On the commercial side, it will be used on the 737 (pictured above) up to the new KC-46 aerial refueling and strategic transport aircraft.|
Boeing, which is the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined, has used Siemens PLM Software for several decades on the military side and close to 15 years on the commercial side, according to Tim Nichols, managing director of Aerospace and Defense Global Marketing for Siemens PLM Software.
“I think their experience and success with our portfolio was a factor in their decision to extend,” he says. “Our openness when living across a 10-year period was important, and our ability to scale was extremely important. We’ve proven numerous times that we have the capacity to handle enterprises the size of Boeing.”
In addition to the obvious financial benefits a customer like Boeing provides, it also helps Siemens learn the features that a global manufacturer needs. Those features can then be incorporated into Siemens’ software.
“Boeing being such a large customer, we’re very attentive to their needs,” Nichols says. “That helps us put together a product strategy that’s lasting.”
“Boeing and Siemens PLM Software have enjoyed a long working relationship, and we are pleased to extend our contract to take advantage of new innovations to enhance our global capabilities,” said Nancy Bailey, Boeing vice president of IT Product Systems via a press statement. “We are partnering with Siemens PLM Software to enhance Boeing’s PLM capabilities. The openness of the Siemens PLM Software will continue to support, and help us improve, the solutions we use throughout Boeing, creating additional business value for our company.”
For more information, visit Siemens PLM Software.
Sources: Interview with Siemens PLM Software, press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the companies’ websites.